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    NFL player strikes chord with message about race

    By Tamara Wilson, CNN
    On November 25, 2014, Benjamin Watson of the New Orleans Saints took to Facebook to express his thoughts about the racially tinged unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. His thoughtful message went viral, and Watson believes talking about race freely can help the nation heal.
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    11 extraordinary people of 2014

    By Brandon Griggs, CNN
    It was a year of sobering news. But if you look harder, 2014 had its share of inspiring stories as well. They remind us of our common humanity and the intrinsic goodness of most people.
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    Five everyday heroes you have to meet

    By Amanda Sloane, HLNtv.com
    They're not rich and famous, but that didn't stop them from being extraordinary. These five people became heroes in 2013 after they made selfless decisions that inspired others.